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Armenia : The first passengers of the electric train were the Transport Ministers of Armenia and Russia.

Mr. Vahan Martirosyan, Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of Armenia and Mr. Maksim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation today visited the Sasuntsi Davit station of Yerevan to test the new electric train brought from Russia to Armenia. The Ministers made an experimental tour to the Masis station accompanied by Mr. Sergey Valko, Director of the South Caucasus Railway CJSC.

The new, modern and high-class electric train has 2 wagons with 129 seats, ventilation, sterilization, firefighting systems, and emergency exit windows. Screens placed in each wagon will display current information on the route. The high-class electric train is brought to Armenia in the result of the agreement obtained during the meeting between Mr. Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister of Armenia and the management of the Company of Russian Railway. The electric train now is at experimental stage. According to Mr. Vahan Martirosyan the experimental operation will allow to check how much suitable it is for Armenia's relief conditions and what are the needs of modernization!

According to Russian experts, this train of the new generation has too many possibilities and the technical characteristics of the electric train can be reduced or added due to the customer's requirements. The compacting system is flexible; everything can be done due to the customers requirements. The machinist can control what is going on in the wagons. The video surveillance system is inclusive,- Mr. Alexander Bonkratov, technical service specialist introduced. The machinists are undergoing technical training with the help of Russian counterparts. The fleet technical members will soon be replaced by Armenian specialists. Similar electric train will soon run to Gyumri. According to Mr. Vahan Martirosyan this route has been selected, taking into account the high flow of passengers and the Governments program to develop the tourism in Gyumri. As for the ticket cost policy, the minister informed that the cost definer is the South Caucasus Railway CJSC, but the Ministry will do its best to avoid inflation. The cost difference in economy and high class tickets is possible.

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Date:Oct 25, 2017
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